TABLE 1

Estimated Annual Number and Cost of Hearing Aids Needed for Infants and Young Children Aged 0 to 3 Years in the United States

No. and Cost of Hearing AidsAge
Newborn1–12 mo12–24 mo24–36 moTotal
Prevalence, per 100031.21.21.2
No. with bilateral hearing loss who need hearing aids (No. of hearing aids required)9600 (19 200)3840 (7680)3840 (7680)3840 (7680)21 120 (42 240)
No. with unilateral loss who need hearing aids (No. of hearing aids required)1200 (1200)480 (480)480 (480)480 (480)2640 (2640)
Total No. with unilateral and bilateral hearing loss who need hearing aids (No. of hearing aids required)10 800 (20 400)4320 (8160)4320 (8160)4320 (8160)23 760 (44 880)
Total cost (at $3000 per aid), $61 200 00024 480 00024 480 00024 480 000134 640 000